Overcoming Obstacles in Discipleship (with Annie Grandell)

How do we overcome some of the primary obstacles in discipleship? Dave and Mike are joined by Annie Grandell from YDisciple to discuss some of the obstacles in discipling young people and how to overcome them.

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Programs do not make disciples. People make disciples.


Michael Gormley and Dave VanVickle are joined by Annie Grandell from YDisciple. Together they discuss the concept of discipleship for young people and some of the common struggles in it. They offer encouragement on moving from a program-based ministry to discipleship.


Annie Grandell is the Director of YDisciple. The goal of YDisciple is to help parishes engage the youth of their parish and form them into disciples. YDisciple does this by offering resources to train adults to be disciple-makers. They then assist in launching small groups for the youth of your parish so as to form them into young disciples. 

You can learn more about YDisciple HERE.


Meet Your Hosts


Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael has been leading evangelization and ministry efforts for the past ten years, both as a full-time parish staff member and as a speaker and consultant for parishes, dioceses, and Catholic campus ministries.

Mike is also the founder and creative director of LayEvangelist.com, and the producer and cohost of a Catholic young adult podcast Catching Foxes, which discusses the collision of Faith and Culture.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and they have about 1,000 children and get about 3 hours of sleep a night, which is alright by him.


David “Dave” VanVickle

Dave VanVickle

Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen and has since dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.

He is a speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.

Dave resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Amber and their five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.